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Thursday, April 11, 2013

CLASSIC COMIC : Green Lantern Vol 2 #7 "The Day 100,000 People Vanished!"


"You Qwardians have failed in three attempts to destroy your mortal enemy, Green Lantern of Earth. And the reason is that you are not evil enough! I shall teach you how to be the ultimate in evil!"
- Sinestro

Green Lantern Vol 2 #7
August, 1961
Executive Editor: Julius Schwartz
Cover Artists: Gil Kane, Joe Giella

"The Day 100,000 People Vanished!"
Writers: John Broome
Pencilers: Gil Kane
Inkers: Joe Giella
Letterers: Gaspar Saladino
Editors: Julius Schwartz

"Wings of Destiny!"
Writers: John Broome
Pencilers: Gil Kane
Inkers: Joe Giella
Colourists: Tommy Nicolosi
Letterers: Gaspar Saladino
Editors: Julius Schwartz


Appearing in "The Day 100,000 People Vanished!"
Featured Characters: Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)
Supporting Characters: Guardians of the Universe
Pieface
Villains: Sinestro  (First appearance)
Weaponers of Qward
Other Characters:
Ki-Mon (Dies in flashback)
Locations: Earth
California
Coast City
Ferris Aircraft
Valdale
Oa
Qward
Korugar (First appearance) (flashback only)
Korugar City (First appearance) (flashback only)
Items: Green Lantern Ring
Green Lantern Power Battery

Synopsis for "The Day 100,000 People Vanished!"
When the entire population of Valedale suddenly vanishes, Green Lantern's asteral form is summoned by the Guardians of the Universe. The Guardians tell him of Sinestro, an alien they chose to be the Green Lantern of Korugar. However, Sinestro abused his powers and used them to enslave his planet and install himself as dictator.
As punishment, the Guardians stripped Sinestro of his powers and banished him to Qward in the Antimatter Universe. They then warn that Sinestro has formed an alliance with the Weaponers to finally defeat the Green Lantern, by potentially exploiting his vulnerability when his power ring's 24 hour charge runs out. Part of the plan was to transport people from Valedale to Qward in a sweeping attempt to capture Green Lantern, who was scheduled to be in that town.
Having his mind returned to his body (this time, allowing Green Lantern to remember his encounter) Hal flies to the next city which is targeted by Sinestro. In order to prevent the people there from being transported to Qward, Green Lantern makes them all invisible, and only he is transported to Qward. There he battles the Qwardian Weaponers, however surrenders when Sinestro promises to return the people of Valedale to Earth. In doing so, Green Lantern is incased in a yellow bubble, and Sinestro and the Qwardians time the moments left in the power ring's charge. However, when they release Green Lantern they are shocked to find he still has power in his ring and is able to defeat them all.
He reveals to Sinestro that he had found a tiny hole in the yellow bubble he was trapped in and used his power ring to fire compressed air at the clock they were watching to make it reach the 24 hour mark faster so that they would think that his ring ran out of power when it still had some time left. He then imprisons Sinestro in a force bubble of his own before returning to Earth and appearing at an opening of a Boys Settlement House in Valedale.


Appearing in "Wings of Destiny!"
Featured Characters: Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)
Supporting Characters: Pieface
Terga (First appearance)
Villains: Escaped Convicts
Other Characters: Carol Ferris
Locations: California
Coast City
Ferris Aircraft
Items: Green Lantern Ring
Green Lantern Power Battery

Synopsis for "Wings of Destiny!"
Sleeping one night, Hal Jordan has a dream about Pieface convincing him to change him into a bird with his power ring. This causes Green Lantern's ring to activate and send a beam out which changes Pieface into a seagull. When Hal goes to get Pieface for work the next morning, he finds that Pieface doesn't answer his door (Pie is freaking out at the sight of being a seagull for a reason he can't figure out.) Hal goes to work and finds a letter from Pieface's childhood sweetheart Tegra who is coming from Alaska to visit him.
Hal decides to rush out there to meet Tegra so that she isn't stuck waiting at the airport, while Pieface -- still a seagull -- flies to the airport as well. Hal arrives to find that the plane has been hijacked by some crooks and force it to take to the air again with Tegra still on board. Hal attacks the crooks as Green Lantern, but is knocked out momentarily when the plane hits a pocket of turbulence and he bangs his head on a seat. Before he can be shot, Pieface breaks through the window and distracts the crooks long enough for Hal to stop them and land the plane. After he turns the crooks over to the police, Green Lantern realizes that the seagull (Watching it take special interest in Tegra) is really Pie and uses his power ring to change him back to normal.

Pie and Tegra then later go out on a double date with Hal and Carol.

Notes
Although this issue shows Sinestro to have been a member of the Green Lantern Corps, the Guardians of the Universe have to explain his identity to Hal Jordan. After the Crisis on Infinite Earths, this will be retconned. Sinestro is established as Jordan's previous instructor and mentor in Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn (Volume 2) #1.
In later appearances, "Terga" will be called Tegra. She will also eventually marry Pieface.
This issue is reprinted in Green Lantern Archives, Volume 2, Green Lantern Chronicles, Volume 2, Showcase Presents: Green Lantern #1 and The Green Lantern Omnibus.

Trivia
Artist Gil Kane based the appearance of Sinestro on British actor David Niven.
In this issue, Sinestro still does not have his trademark Yellow Power Ring. He will start using it in Green Lantern (Volume 2) #9.


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